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Posted: 2/13/2002 7:19:39 PM EDT
How are the guages of a shotgun determined?
Link Posted: 2/13/2002 7:27:10 PM EDT
Except for the .410, by the number of round lead balls of the diameter of the shotgun bore that it takes to make one pound. Therefore for a 12-gauge shotgun with a bore of, what, 0.72"?, twelve lead balls of 0.72" diameter = 1 pound of lead. A 16 gauge is a smaller bore, 16 balls per pound. Again for a 20 gauge, 20 balls per pound. Odd way to calibrate, but it's pretty old.
Link Posted: 2/13/2002 7:28:22 PM EDT
410 is a decimal measurement, the rest are the number of lead balls that the bore will contain that weigh 1 pound - that is a 12 guage will hold 12 lead balls that together weigh one pound
Link Posted: 2/13/2002 7:30:10 PM EDT
I heard that in the old days, gauges were determined by taking a pound of lead and dividing it up into even numbers. A 12 guage would be 1 lb. of lead divided into 12 roundballs. The diameter of the balls would be 12 guage. Same with 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, etc...
Link Posted: 2/13/2002 7:31:42 PM EDT
I heard that in the old days, gauges were determined by taking a pound of lead and dividing it up into even numbers. A 12 guage would be 1 lb. of lead divided into 12 roundballs. The diameter of the balls would be 12 guage. Same with 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, etc...
Link Posted: 2/13/2002 7:34:51 PM EDT
taken almost verbatim from a dictionary

Gauge : the size of a shotgun barrel's inner diameter nominally expressed as the number of lead balls each just fitting that diameter required to make a pound.
Link Posted: 2/14/2002 4:13:11 AM EDT
I'd just like to know who came up with that crazy measurement...the BRITISH?
Link Posted: 2/14/2002 6:57:48 AM EDT
Balls. It All boils down to BALLS..

Meplat-
Link Posted: 2/14/2002 8:56:13 AM EDT
Balls said the queen, if I had two I could be KING.

Nay said the Jack, I have two and I'm not KING.
Link Posted: 2/14/2002 3:57:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ECS:
I'd just like to know who came up with that crazy measurement...the BRITISH?



No then it would be in metric, you know 12 quibs
and a bob's add up to a kilo to make a 12 gauge!

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